#DePaul in the NEWS

March 15, 2017
Commentary Magazine

As the American Jewish community continues to see a rise in Reform Judaism and a decline in Conservative Judaism, Jewish law and culture expert Roberta Rosenthal Kwall writes in Commentary Magazine that it's not too late for the Conservative movement to build on its legacy as a distinct way to practice Jewish tradition. She says the first step would be to begin "focusing its educational and spiritual energies on enlarging and strengthening a root group of Conservative Jews who are drawn to tradition."

March 14, 2017
USA Today

You don't have to be a loyal follower of college basketball to fill out a bracket during March Madness. "Have fun. Perfection is really hard to achieve, but fun is easier to achieve," odds expert Jeff Bergen tells USA Today's "For The Win." A Chicago sports fan would have a better shot at the Cubs winning 12 straight championships than recording a perfect bracket in the NCAA Tournament, Bergen says.

March 14, 2017
DNAinfo Chicago

DePaul student housing staff member Jesseca Rhymes founded the charity Never Go Without after reading about homeless women who struggled to access basic feminine hygiene products. Her continued efforts to raise awareness around the annual campaign led to quadrupled donations this year of tampons, pads and other hygiene products. "I can't let myself stop fighting for the women who aren't as fortunate," Rhymes tells DNAinfo.

March 10, 2017
WYCC PBS Chicago

Millennials are choosing to rent apartments with amenities instead of buying houses, which has led to a development boom in Chicago, according to WYCC's "In the Loop." Geoff Smith, executive director of the Institute for Housing studies at DePaul says "higher income folks who are younger are choosing to rent and to rent for longer periods of time."

March 09, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Sun one day, snow the next. Can wild swings in weather hurt those with seasonal depression? "The more we can be outside and be active generally, the better our mental health," says psychologist Leonard Jason. But "when you're used to something and then all of a sudden you lose it, that loss is felt," he tells the Chicago Tribune.

March 09, 2017

"Mindfulness is a way of connecting with yourself, connecting with the world," says Martha Mason, director of the Education and Counseling Center in DePaul's College of Education. In the classroom, mindfulness exercises like deep breathing can help students calm their minds and shut out distractions, Mason tells WGN TV.

March 09, 2017
Library Journal

Website traffic data is helping Chicago Collections archivists decide which materials to digitize next, DePaul University librarian Scott Walter tells Library Journal. The consortium "allows us to look at ways in which collections of interest to us locally complement collections available across the city," says Walter.

March 07, 2017

"There's going to be a legal challenge, but I think it's more than likely that this one will withstand that challenge. It's certainly better written, more nuanced," terrorism expert Tom Mockaitis says on WGN about the new presidential executive order on travel from six Middle Eastern countries. "It will have an effect on refugees, but it will have no effect on improving security," he says.

March 07, 2017
The New York Times

"Liberal arts students often feel overwhelmed by all the career directions they can go," DePaul Career Center AVP Karyn McCoy tells the author of the early-career column "Ask Brianna." "Students don't necessarily know how to identify the skills that they're gaining or to talk about them in a way that sells them to an employer," McCoy says. The New York Times has more.

March 03, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Despite being raided by federal agencies last week, including the IRS, heavy machine-maker Caterpillar should still emerge OK in the eyes of the public, says corporate communications expert Ron Culp in the Chicago Tribune. "As a result of investing and doing things right for so many years, even if something was done that might be against the law, they're still going to be given the benefit of the doubt," he says. "They really have banked a lot of goodwill."